growing your blog: simple changes you can do now!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Another awesome reason to embrace 2013 is the serious motivation to do new things that we have been putting off! For me, it's visiting my growing IHB Pinterest page and actually completing some of the tips. What can I say? I'm ambitious on January 3.
IHB is a growing hobby, a way to show off projects by me and my friends. But one day, I would love this to be more than a hobby and in order to do that, I need to do a few things during limited down time. I encourage all of my fellow mini bloggers to also take a few steps to put themselves out there and grow!
First, have you verified your blog on your Pinterest page? This is a great way to brand your URL on the page and it's good for SEO - your guests should check you out on the blog too! I'll spare the details so please visit Jamie at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom for instructions and make sure your blog is verified!
On the topic of Pinterest, it's also important to save your pictures on your blog with appropriate descriptions. It's frustrating when bloggers don't get credit for their work or have a link back to the original source of the post. Although this effort can be a little work, it's a good idea. For detailed instructions and why this is key to getting traffic, visit Vivienne at The V Spot.
In a few instances, I have offered my templates to readers and I'm pretty good about responding with the attachment. But thanks to the tutorial from Anna at Ask Anna, you can use to turn your Word or PDF document into a link and share it on your site. Eventually, I'll upload the doorknob and rehearsal dinner templates that seem to be so popular!

You can't hide from the social media platform if you're growing that blog! I have to admit that I was hesitant to begin a Facebook fan page but it's great to share those posts through another medium. And since the Facebook timeline cover photo is as important as your blog header, visit Home Stories A to Z to learn how to create a customized Facebook timeline.

If you're starting from scratch, the Jones Design Company has an online class to learn everything you need to know about starting and managing a blog. If you're ready to begin, this may be a good consideration before jumping into this crazy world!

Finally, consider your graphics and take a little extra time to learn Photoshop, add interesting graphics and use great pictures! I purchased an online class at Shoot Fly Shoot to learn how to use my camera, and over time I have sharpened those Photoshop skills by visiting tutorials on sites like The Accent Piece.
These are just a few ways to get started or to make sure that your existing blog is ready for 2013!! Much luck!!